As we head into grass pollen season over the next few months, here’s an option to consider: Many allergists now prescribe immunotherapy tablets, which work in the same way as allergy shots, reports NPR.
But unlike allergy shots, which require frequent trips to the doctor, you can take the tablets at home. “It’s a little wafer you put under your tongue, and it dissolves in about 10 seconds,” says allergist Mike Tankersley, who practices in Memphis, Tenn.
The treatment, known as sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT, is more convenient than shots and has been shown to be safe. But it won’t work for everyone. Each tablet targets just one allergy. There are four FDA-approved tablet products on the market to treat grass pollens, house dust mites and ragweed.